TRACS WA is the process of developing some new modules focused on patients who present to health services with delirium or dementia. At TRACS WA we understand that there are many more patients who are presenting with cognitive issues/comorbidities in our general and rehab wards. Clinicians working in this area that would like to contribute ideas towards its development are encouraged to get in contact.
This training is suitable for all WA Health Clinicians working with older adults, not just those working in mental health, or in wards primarily managing people with cognitive impairment.
These modules are being developed as a result of feedback from our previous whole day of training in Older Adult Mental Health, after consulting with consumers and clinicians, and as a result of working with our Steering Committee to include up to date research on the topic and address local clinical needs.
The training will focus on how to provide holistic, person-centred care for individuals with cognitive impairment, as well as other health conditions. It will provide practical strategies and resources to health clinicians are looking for support in appropriate assessment/screening, appropriate communication strategies and ways to manage challenging behaviours associated with delirium and dementia.
A suite of face to face modules are in the process of development which can be customised to be delivered to small groups or teams as shorter sessions. In the interim we have some introductory virtual sessions running in June.
Topics will include:
- Delirium- screening and management
- Resources and communication strategies to support patients/consumers with cognitive impairment
- Reconstructing the self for people with dementia